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Issue No. 238 17 September 2004  
 
F E A T U R E S

Interview: True Matilda
Former senior bureaucrat John Menadue coordinated the group of 43 calling for truth in government; and now he has bigger fish to fry.

Politics: State of Play
Are all political parties the same? Workers Online tries to cut through the jargon to compare the major parties' approaches to key policy areas.

Industrial: Capital Dilemmas
Public Private Partnerships amount to privatisation by stealth. Or do they? Jim Marr investigates.

Unions: Rhodes Scholars
Tim Brunero discovers how the Electrical Trades Union is doing its best to ease the national apprentice crisis.

National Focus: Rennovating the Lodge
Noel Hester previews how unions will be fighting the federal election - on the ground and online.

International: People Power
Over the next four years there is a real potential a major struggle will take place for workers’ rights and the creation of truly democratic unions in China., writes Andrew Casey

Economics: A Bit Rich
Who Gets What? Why? And So What?, Frank Stilwell reviews the BRW's Rich List

History: Mine Shafts
It's 25 years since Nymboida passed the baton to United, writes Peter Murray

Safety: Sick Of Fighting
Former RAAF engineers could be sitting on a health time bomb, Tim Brunero reports.

Organising: Building a Wave
Community groups, unions and social movements all practice organising, wrties Tony Brown and Amanda Tattersall.

Poetry: Anger In The Bush(es)
How dare any Liberal suggest that the Prime Minister is a lying rodent! Resident bard David Peetz reports on the outrage that this slur has justifiably caused.

Review: The Battle Of Algiers
Tim Brunero writes The Battle of Algiers is a coldly objective, almost scientific anatomy of revolution.

Culture: The Word On The Street
Phil Doyle reports on how the Australian working class experience lives on through the words of the remarkable Geoff Goodfellow.

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L A T E S T   N E W S

Mind Games Off The Rails
Sydney train drivers are being tested on letter shapes, personality and computer game style skills to determine whether they can keep their jobs.

Rail Unions have notified a dispute with RailCorp over the driver being kept "off the road" as question marks remain about the validity of the ‘psychometric’ tests. [full story]

Kodak Blurs Jobs Picture
Six-day working weeks and plans to hire additional staff have left question marks hanging over Kodak’s decision to punt 650 workers from its Melbourne operation.

Kodak blamed the "international market" for the bombshell it dropped on Coburg but affected workers told AMWU officials they had been on six-day weeks up until the announcement, and another 14 people had been scheduled to start today (Friday). [full story]

Whistleblower Stitched Up
A driver who says he delivered garments to outworkers in domestic residences is fighting for his job in the Industrial Relations Commission.

Bernard Macris, who was a delivery driver for clothing company Pashion says he delivered fabric to outworkers at their Sydney homes and picked up finished garments during his five years with the company.  [full story]

Ranger Incompetence Saves Lives
A contractor at the Ranger uranium mine survived a life threatening accident only because mine plant was in such poor shape that, when an ore hopper hatch crushed him, a wall gave way saving his life.

The operator of the controversial mine, Energy Resources Australia (ERA), has been blasted by Territory unions who blame the use of AWAs and an "ideological industrial agenda" for falling safety standards, including the uranium poisoning of up to 120 mineworkers. [full story]

Skelton in Telstra Closet
Telstra is refusing compensation to a Brisbane woman forced to sell her home after she suffered ‘acoustic shock’ at its Chermside call centre 18 months ago.

Australia’s largest company, which just recorded a $4.1 billion profit, is holding out on Jackie Skelton, despite getting an improvement notice from Comcare relating to the situation that forced her out of work. [full story]

Capt Cook Discovers Flexibility
Employers opposing NSW Labor Council’s groundbreaking Secure Employment Test Case want to remove any guarantees on part-timers’ earnings or hours of work.

Captain Cook Cruises boss, Anthony Haworth, made that clear on the first day of employer testimony to the NSW Industrial Relations Commission full bench. [full story]

ALSO MAKING NEWS

 Optus Opts Out

 Hardie Lemon in Orange County

 One Rule for Qantas

 Mum Takes on Bullies

 Costa’s Train Crash

 TV Clash Using Visual Ammunition

 Mormons In Asbestos Blue

 Apprentices Lose Out

 Activists What's On!

email workers to a friend latest breaking news from labornet
The battle for James Hardie has gone global, with workers in Orange County, California, rallying ahead of the AGM in Amsterdam.

E D I T O R I A L
The policy differences between the ALP and the Coalition are significant – where Howard takes his hands off the lever, Latham wants to take responsibility.

Tool School

C O L U M N S

The Soapbox
Hail to the Metro-Sexual!
If the cultural shift required in the workplace to give greater security to working families was broadly accepted the ACTU would not be locked in an adversarial Work and Family test case argues Sharan Burrow.

Politics
The Westie Wing
In his latest missive from Macquarie Street our resident Parliamentary commentator, Ian West, walks us through issues around the PBS.

Postcard
How Bush Lost His Wings
Tracking the National Guard Career of the Fatuous Flyboy from New Haven, Jeffrey St Clair.

The Locker Room
The Name of the Game
Phil Doyle wonders whether we are barracking for the sponsor or the team.

Postcard
Women to Women
APHEDA-Union Aid Abroad is working to create opportunities for Palestinian women living in Lebanese refugee camps.


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